June 17th, 2011

Fake Gay Girl in Damascus Humiliates Guardianistas

How much more right-on can you get than a blogging gay girl in Damascus? An oppressed lesbian fighting for Arab liberation and lipstick lusts? Well it is pretty unbeatable in the right-on victimisation stakes, sure enough the Guardian and the BBC went overboard. When she was supposedly arrested by the Syrian authorities, her cause celebre exploded… before it unravelled under scrutiny.

Tom McMaster, a left-wing, bearded, middle-aged American, married to an academic specialist on Syria, living safely in Edinburgh had taken in the liberal-left media completely. He used his wife’s pictures to illustrate his blog.

Both the Guardian and the BBC’s Newsnight have lashed out at McMasters, insinuating that he is some kind of pervert. Could that be because they are bitter that they were taken in? (For a comprehensive cataloguing of the Guardian’s risible “authentication” of the Gay Girl see the Les Politiques blog.) The Guardian’s Brian Whitaker, for the last seven years its Middle East editor, now editing Comment is Free, admits he regularly consulted the blog and he had “no reason to doubt that the author was a westernised Arab lesbian”. That the author of Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East fell for the “Gay Girl in Damascus” fake is revealing. And a bit humiliating.

Guido wonders if they were happy to believe in the “Gay Girl in Damascus” fantasy in part because she/he promoted a hardline anti-Israel line? They wanted to believe it was an authentic voice rather than a fiction. Do you think a pro-Israel gay girl in Damascus would have been as widely read in the newsrooms of the BBC and Guardian?

UPDATE: According to the excellent Biased BBC blog “MacMasters studies at St Andrews University where his wife works in their Centre for Syrian Studies, as an Associate Fellow, partially funded to the tune of £105,000…” Saif Gaddafi was donating to LSE to study good governance before he started shelling his own citizenry, St Andrews studies the Syrian dictatorship with sponsorship from the regime? What the hell is going on?


157 Comments

  1. 1
    Weiner's political weiner cut short says:

    The fake was exposed last week. Much funnier though was the reaction to Weiner’s public announcement that he’s standing down. There was applause and one guy yelled “So long, pervert!”

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      Bernie Blazer is the biggest Tampax ever ! says:

      Geez, that’s a real hoot … (applause) “So long, pervert!”
      Glad to see that humour isn’t completely extinct in the Land of the Free.

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        Man on the Clapham Omnibus says:

        Having read some of the sapphic poetry on the site, supposedly penned by said gay girl, I’d take some convincing that the chap was not getting his jollies from the thing.

        Downright weird, frankly.

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          Man on the Clapham Omnibus says:

          Dur. Just realised the comment above was about sharking congressmen, as opposed to conflicted bloggers. My bad.

          Anyway. My point still stands re McMaster.

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          • David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

            It’s OK EU students do not pay tuition fees in any Scottish university irrespective of course. The UK taxpayer picks up the tab. Willets and cable are comfortable with this.

            Today we have Alexander, serial house flipper to avoid tax, stating that if public sector unions do not accept the deal their pensions will be worse. He appears to have forgotten that MPs just voted for a 25% increase in their pensions- why haven’t the media picked up on it and ask him about his double standards. If MPs can have a 25% increase why are the other schemes a problem?

            The UK contributes £17 billion to EU each year, £11 billion give away scheme to overseas aid, £9 billion this week set aside for Greek/EU bail outs and mass immigration continues where we find homes for hundreds of thousands of people and they have the same benefit rights as UK citizens. If money can be wasted in this extravagant way, then I fail to see the Lie Con argument.

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          Fat Paddy Bender says:

          Khazar cock. Yum Yum!

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      free to express as long as it is lefty express. says:

      The Guardianistas believed what they wanted to believe. The same goes for the BBC.

      The only free thought encouraged in these organisationns is lefty liberal thought.

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        Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

        Which for the Guardian is fine – you don’t have to buy the Guardian and you can go on CiF and laugh at the stupidity both above and below the line for free.

        The BBC is a different matter because of the way it extorts a license fee from the population generally.

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          AC1 says:

          If you ignore the Grauniads virtual monopoly on extortion funded sector advertising…

          Do something about it Dave.

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          • Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

            I agree but that is not the Guardian’s fault that is the government which was uderstandable under Labour (although in my view not acceptable) but this is now iDave and in true heir to Blair mode he has shown no signs of changing this to my knowledge.

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  2. 2

    Wayne Rooney in redneck fancy dress.

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    pp says:

    Old news – “bearded gay girl does humiliation” has been a top search term on google for years (so I am told!).

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    Did you know? Now we're in fucking Yemen too says:

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      Eamonn U Ensis says:

      The piece seems to be more about US Drone strikes than UK involvement. As regards the UK …the report is prefaced with the words “According to Yemenis government…….” and then goes on to say that the Uk has a force of Commandoes and attack Apache Helicopters allocated !!(RFLMAO)….the report relating to UK is in my opinion total garbage for the stark reason that we do not have the assets(period)to be involved

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    • 60
      Jabba the Cat says:

      I love the smell of napalm in the morning…

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    • 130
      Huscarl says:

      Until you’ve watched RT news for a bit, you don’t realise just how fucking corrupt the bbc is, and what a load of shit gets shovelled by the msm. Yesterday a different view of the military involvement of the wars that feed the military industrial comlex ws aired it was refreshing just to see another, if no less biased, point of view.

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      • 142
        busted nokia says:

        indeed, the BBC make me vomit. Another example is their lack of economic coverage. Compare their so called reporters vs. max keiser. Where has the BBC coverage of euro/dollar problems been over the last two years?

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          TONY BEN'S WILL says:

          they must have a “we didn’t spot the credit crunch club ” at the BBC ,and they must all meet up after Newsnight to protect each other. You do realise that there is no way you will ever persuade these people to change with reason, like all socialists they a true beleivers. Nice to see Paul Mason doing some decent reporting for once on the Greek / euro fiasco,I wonder how much they know but keep back so as not to spook the markets etc. Mervin King should have been sacked for “not spotting the problems coming” but that would have spooked the markets,and since then sacking or resignation would cause panic so he is nice and safe.

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    not a machine says:

    I thought the radio interview was the best one, he just sounded wierd , but this new info makes you wonder .

    Enjoyed TW , Rawnsleys Labour Godfather 2 was class and MC Neil , i wonder if we can send him some more raps in , probebly send expert english user into rage.

    “yo aljabeeba is lovin checevara
    even doh he is a man who has done murder
    yet millions are eating mass produced burgers
    and shaken my booty gets me more looty
    so i can ave me ouse in umbria and be fly .

    mmm wondered if msm would pick up that eds tax cut , was 13bn we dont really have , splat !

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  6. 6
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am a blog.

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    Jimmy says:

    “Do you think a pro-Israel gay girl in Damascus would have been as widely read in the newsrooms of the BBC and Guardian?”

    Hell yes. You’ve more chance finding a unicorn.

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    Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

    A Syrian Sausage Jockey? Get away, next you’ll be telling me I died years ago. Come on!

    AH (C)

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    Tapestry says:

    German blogosphere awash with rumours of false flag terror attack coming on June 26th at Women’s World Cup opening game in Berlin.

    A German lawyer has set up a website and is demanding a response from Angela Merkel.

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    • 82
      Fat Paddy Bender says:

      Fucking Nazi scum! Nuke the lot of ‘em. Full revenge for the 6m shoah! Yes!

      (I’m Oirish, to be sure to sure – not a crypto, or a Has bara/IDF-paid blogger – honest!).

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    Crikey says:

    Has the superb, self voted for MPs tax payer funded pension scheme escaped austerity measures so far? We are all in this together aren’t we?

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    Wendell Alpha says:

    No, MacMasters studies at * EDINBURGH University*; his wife was a 1st year post-grad student at St Andrews.

    You can’t rely on the Biased BBC blog even to tell the time let alone get facts right.

    The Guardianists were pwned tho!

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    Anonymous says:

    Tom McMaster, a left-wing

    Hang on, Guido! You have a very good point, here. Why would a bearded leftie who is married to an academic specialist in Syria do such a thing? And did his wife allow her image to be used? If so, why?

    This stinks. Who came up with the idea? Who funded it? What was the purpose of that blog?

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    • 24

      We can theorise about conspiracies all we like, but I actually think the explanation is much simpler. The Guardianistas and other ciabatta munching metrosexuals are experiencing the same sense of outrage teenage boys do when they discover the hot, kinky “chick” with whom they have been cyber-sexing is actually a large, bearded trucker from Glasgow called Angus.

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      MrAngry61 says:

      According to PM the woman whose picture was used without her knowledge or permission is going to take (unspecified) legal action against McMaster.

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        sockpuppet #4 says:

        Was it her wife or not?

        She was on newsnight before McMaster entered the story, and she was looking pretty pissed off about the whole thing. It would be a very wierd bluff (and very unlikely) for her to make herself so prominent if she knew her boyfriend was doing it – and indeed if he knew she was going to get herself the coverage.

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          sockpuppet #4 says:

          oops “Was it his wife or not?”

          Not as if theres any lesbians in the story.

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          • The madness of the fundamentalist Left says:

            I read elsewhere that it was NOT his wife but a complete stranger who’s photograph he had seen and thought she looked perfect for his purpose. This guy is seriously weird. Can you imagine the outcry if he had been a right wing blogger ? I also owner if such fictitious blogs influence foreign policy in any way whilst they are believed to be genuine.

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    smoggie says:

    How much more right on? Howzabout??

    Working Class Arab Lesbian Socialist Single Parent in a Wheelchair with Learning Difficulties

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    Judy says:

    Guido is right in emphasizing the anti-Israel angle as to why this fake blog was set up. The Guardian’s role in promoting it is even worse than he suggests. Its leading Arab world guru, former Middle East editor Brian Whitaker also added credibility to the fake on his Arab-world loveblog, as “almost certainly by a Syrian gay, probably a woman”.

    MacMaster’s wife Britta Froelicher is almost certainly quite as deeply involved as he was and possibly more so, and his denials that she was involved are just not credible, to say nothing of the fact that he has lied through his teeth right through this whole episode before and after being discovered. She didn’t tell the Washington Post that she was mysteriously given a year’s leave of absence from her PhD studies at the Syrian-funded Centre for Syria studies on May 19th, before the fake blog which she claims she didn’t know about, came under fire as a hoax.

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      Sir James Gallway Ballbreaker. says:

      Hand wringing and outrage expressed on Radio 4 PM by Eddie Mair in an interview with McMaster (who grovelled and apologised, but does not plan to go to Damascus to confront the authorities – wonder why?) is then explained if he is indeed a lefty academic (+wife) living off our taxes and fooling Gruniard and BBC.
      Notice how the BBC cover up the lefty credentials of wrongdoers such as McMaster and Weiner until the sh*t hits the fan via the blogosphere and they have to move on. Not the same standard for right wingers such as the Conservative MP who recently got arrested for attempted rape, and is now seemingly exonerated – so the BBC quietly move on again to the next victim of their ambulance chasing agenda.
      The BBC is definately getting worse with its half truths and downright lies, and it is getting time for a really good BBC scandal. We all live in hope.

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      • 103
        The Golem says:

        I’d say the BBC is getting worse for the simplest of reasons, their news and current affairs people believe no-one has the backbone to take them on. So far, there’s a lot of evidence to support this view.

        I doubt we’ll see any action on this front from our current PM.

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      • 120
        Anonymous says:

        They say that Cocaine seriously impairs an individuals judgement. This may explain quite a lot of the bollox spouted by the MSM particularly the BBC where it is well known that Cocaine use is rife. Christ even the kids show presenters are into it as recent history revealed.
        Why not make it a stipulation of the Telly tax that employees of the BBC are subjected to drug tests .
        I for one do not want to be subsidising the rampant drug abuse prevelant in such tax payer funded organisations.

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    • 85
      Morpork says:

      Ah yes, the Guardian: where comment is free but facts are non-existent.

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    Tom Baldwin says:

    Morning Campers

    228.Latest YouGov/Sun results 16th June CON 37%, LAB 43%, LD 9%; APPROVAL -26

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    Eamonn U Ensis says:

    It’s Friday so it must be another Daily Mail rant……..surely they don’t expect “Dave” to ACTUALLY do anything do they ???? Surely they don’t actually still believe he’s a “Tory”….!!!!!!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2004501/3-200-foreign-criminals-kicked-right-family-life.html

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      scratch and sniff says:

      dave’s hands are tied – he’s only the prime minister.

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      • 39
        Archer Karcher says:

        To be fair to Cameron, being PM of this country these days is akin to being the head of a local authority.
        His bosses across the channel pulls the strings, Dave just meekly accepts his instructions with a little grumble, but with no intention of ever saying, enough.

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        • 45
          Must get a pseudonym one day says:

          But the head of a local authority can’t even be ordered to empty the bins every week – Cast-Iron Dave can be ordered to so anything by the EUSSR and he just does it. Wimp !

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          Nemo says:

          AK Don’t forget the other side of the pond, Dave has yet to have his orders from Ruppy, he will want his say because he won the election for Dave by backing him.

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        • 73
          Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

          People compare Cameron to Blair but he also bears a great resemblance to Heath.

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          • the only way is anal says:

            I compare dave to a useless cun*t: blair was much smarter.

            the main similarity is that blair managed to destroy “his” party and dave is well on the way to do the same to “his”

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      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      The uesless twat will probably welcome them with open arms throw a slap up party and give them all another great wedge of our cash

      Hello cameras over here film me, film me

      i’m Dave you know ! the kindest man in the world
      with other peoples money

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      • 124
        Bonos latest offshore account says:

        No I think you will find that I’m the kindest man in the world with other peoples money !

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    • 67
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      I know this is an old one but
      it just goes to show the sort of fine upstanding members of the EU that make there way here
      to do what they please with NO regard for the people of this Huntry (don’t correct the spelling) or its laws
      and of course how the law fails everybody

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-479123/Judge-Pointless-deport-Pole-raped-woman-week-arrived-Britain.html

      He will be out now !

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    • 134
      T Bliar (war criminal) says:

      Just more peasants to vote Labour, pay taxes, drive down wages and ethnically cleanse England of English Tories. Win win.

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    genghiz the kahn says:

    Funny how the BBC have omitted all mention of their misdoings over Primark from their website this morning.

    It was “more likely than not” that a scene, which showed the boys “testing the stitching” on Primark clothes, was “not genuine”.

    Most Guido readers would infer that this is lying, a form of behaviour which M’learned friends profit from. Others might suggest that the content of the film was faked.

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      Eamonn U Ensis says:

      They do it all the time..even light entertainment ..in 2009 there were several daytime “light entertainment programmes” where it was discovered that because there wasn’t enough “real customers” for the contestants stall etc…production staff posed as “customers”….very small beer I agree but you get the gist I think…..I suppose they thought well “Daytime Television” who gives a fuck if we blag it ?? It’s probably endemic within the “Corporation” ..they treat their viewers as complete idiots most of the time .You try complaining and you get a smug arrogant reply which effectively in so many words equals “Just fuck off and stop bothering us !”

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/nov/30/bbc-production-company-compensation

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      • 106
        Squirty says:

        Cut them out of the loop. Don’t pay the tax. Crapita’s goons are easy to outflank if you want to go on watching that shite, but we gave away our TV years ago and have never once regretted being spared the endless procession of bigheads and freaks.

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    Mjolinir says:

    I ‘like’ Mr McMaster’s own take on all this – [as quoted in Guardian 13 June] “While the narrative voice may have been fictional, the facts on this blog are true and not misleading as to the situation on the ground,” the update read. “This experience has, sadly, only confirmed my feelings regarding the often superficial coverage of the Middle East and the pervasiveness of new forms of liberal Orientalism. However, I have been deeply touched by the reactions of readers.”

    I prefer the WS Gilbert “Pooh-Bah” version //Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.//

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    • 40
      Another obsessed rabid right-wing moron says:

      Just askin, would that lot mean, it’s just a load of crap and not a load of shite,

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    • 118
      AC1 says:

      Calling something “Fake, but Accurate*” ended a news presenters career in the U.S.

      *It wasn’t.

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    Mornington Crescent says:

    Tossers who’ve long given up on proper journalism.

    More importantly, Guido, who’s Brigden’s accuser? The DM reports this morning that:

    “The accuser, a larger-than life character in Westminster, cannot be named for legal reasons but appears to have put her alleged ordeal behind her very quickly.
    “Earlier this week, she posted a picture of herself happily preparing to go to Royal Ascot on a social networking website.”

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    The voice of unreason says:

    Comedy, pure comedy. They don’t make sitcoms like this on the BBC anymore!

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    Hang The Bastards says:

    Thats the cancerous problem with the BBC and The Guardian. They are so hell bent on pushing their left wing bias that they forget to investigate and understand the story properly.

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    • 46
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Not at all. It is a Lefty Core Value that the Truth is not something to be discovered but rather something to be manufactured. McMaster as quoted at 22 is a devotee of this canon of socialism. The left-wing MSM have been gulled by a fellow lefty – Priceless.

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    • 53
      nell says:

      Perhaps is also says something about their professional journalistic skills, or rather lack of them.

      Isn’t it usual practice in the better quality media circles to thoroughly check one’s sources before running a story?

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    This bloke is a twat !
    is his life really so boring that he has to add to the problems of a people already abandoned by the west ? The Syrian people are being torchered just for being Syrian
    This dick head has now given the military another excuse to torcher people into admitting maybe something they are not

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    • 48
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Tortured, dear boy, though quite possibly Syrians have been torched to torture them.

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    He's Spartacus says:

    “because she/he promoted a hardline anti-Israel line?”

    Speaking the truth will get you nowhere in media-land Mr Guy Fawkes.

    At the very minimum, government should make BBC license fee an optional tax based on consumption of their manifesto-drive content.

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    The BBC Fakers says:

    I see the BBC also faked their Primark sweatshop documentary, the one they won an award for.

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    Finger licking good says:

    Wouldn’t mind watching her munch a few rugs !

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      E Pilation says:

      A glance at Ye Internette reveals that many performers remove their rugs, which is the way I like it, to tell the truth.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Hold on – I saw Newsnight interviewing the woman who’s face was being used – and indeed she was saying something like “how does facebook let random people have my private photos”.

    That was of course before the “fake” part fully came out.

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      Creep Watch, just say no to strange men ! says:

      It Wasnt his wife it was a random Woman, the guy is a creep of the highest order.

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    Steve Miliband says:

    St Andrews Centre for Syrian Studies. WTF! What’s happened to Geography, History English, Science etc?

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    • 71
      nell says:

      history geography science maths and english?

      went out of the window during 13 years of labour.

      nowadays , syrian studies, will-making, photography are among the better degrees that you can get.

      It’s no wonder the uk is regarded as educationally in the bottom of the world ranks.

      just as gordon destroyed our economy and labour destroyed our education system now gordon’s in af ri ca trying to do the same for them. LOL!

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    I see the yanks are tightening their belts again by launching the space shuttle
    at a cost of 1.3 Billion dollars per launch
    quite good value for money for a big firework !

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    Nelson Muntz says:

    Haw Haw!

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    That's News says:

    Guido, When did Canadian wrestler John “Mighty” Quinn start calling himself Tom McMaster?

    http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2005/08/04/1159250.html

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    HappyUK says:

    Have you seen the other Biased-BBC piece on the BBC’s libelling of Primark? Shocking.

    http://biased-bbc.blogspot.com/2011/06/panoramically-challenged.html

    Almost all the BBC’s content these days is pure fantasy.

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    the beast says:

    fat, scruffy , lives in a fantasy world, has a beard and resides in scotchland
    Remind you of anybody?

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  36. 88

    I thought the photo he used for the blog was of Jelena Lecic, a Croatian woman who works as an administrator at the Royal College of Physicians in London?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Left wingers bending the truth?

    what is the world coming to?

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  38. 91
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    ha ha ha ! isn,t it funny that our Friends Saudi Arabia are the most oppressive
    country on earth towards women
    the only country on earth where woman are banned by law from driving
    today some women are rebelling and are urging other women to ignor the law and drive cars
    the Saudi government has issued an order to any man who’s woman is caught driving a car should be pulled out of it and beaten
    what a fine upstanding country this is
    even Afghanistan under the taliban allowed women to drive !

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    The Archibishop of Canterbury says:

    Hang on a minute, I’m getting confused.

    That piece of pussy I saw on TV the other night complaining about the pain caused by her image being misused – it now turns out that it was her husband who was writing the Syran lesbian blog all along?

    Does this mean I have to cancel my flight to Damascus?

    Jeremiah 49:24

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  40. 94
    Anonymous says:

    “What the hell is going on?”

    Er…..lefty hypocrisy on the tax payer……nothing new there then.

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  41. 96
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Danny Alexandra or “Beaker” lied on sky news this morning
    When asked if MP’s pensions would also be reduced he said they would
    when they are actually exempt from the civil service reforms on pensions

    it does not look to me that any MP’s are having to tighten there belts as the Double Dip recession take hold

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      Burke says:

      You are Ed Balls and I claim my free LSE lapel badge

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      Handycock, No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

      I can assure you MP’s pensions will not change. I and my fellow Brothers (oops, sorry, Members) have already seen to it. Boaz. I will be receiving an MP’s penison, one from Hampshire County Council where I was a Councillor and one from Portsmouth City Council as a Councillor as will my wife and daughter from Portsmouth. I also have been able to bulid up considerable offshore assets, including a villa, from my business associates in Portsmouth.
      With regards to the blog. It is common practice for foreign vested interest to buy propaganda from prominent UK citizens. Here is a good example:

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8574333.stm

      I would also be able to show you how I have been of benefit to the Russians, but I lost my passport in the sea.

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        Skint former taxpayer, living on Old Age Pension says:

        Not bad for someone who has not had a proper job for over 40 years Mr Trougher.

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Can everyone please calm down.

    It’s only a laugh,

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    hava nagila says:

    Biased BBC does not actually provide a source for the information on MacMasters and his wife. Every other news outlet says he is studying at Edinburgh University, not St Andrews, and his wife (again, according to the other news outlets) is a postgraduate at Edinburgh not an academic.

    And, before anyone freaks out and accusing me of being the second coming of Gordon Brown for saying that, let me point out that it is possible to spot errors in statements of someone on the right without yourself being on the left.

    As an aside, I’ll note that anyone with a passing familiarity with Edinburgh University will instantly recognise Mr. MacMasters as a particular type which seems to flock there – fat, bearded, middle-aged, American, right-on and more than willing to abandon objective reality in favour of ideological masturbation. Still, without their fat overseas fees, I guess the place would have to close down.

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      Huscarl says:

      You have descibed the contents of all university common rooms. Sometimes the scientists escape this cultural terrorism by not being understood, or ‘cool’.
      As a teeneger in the 70’s any glimpse of tit or arse on the tv was a godsend, prime amongst the givers was ‘ The History Man’ as I recall. In addition was the hapless posh student persecuted for his position by Howard Kirk.

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      • 150
        hava nagila says:

        You’re showing your age. Most universities outside Oxbridge don’t have common rooms anymore.

        As it is, I can say with absolute certainty that the MacMasters-type student (viz., middle-aged, American, self-involved, right-on) is much, much more common at Edinburgh than at most other universities. It’s because Edinburgh, as a notional mediaeval university, has a patina of grandeur that English redbricks don’t have while, at the same time, being easier to get into than Oxbridge and with more of a reputation for hand-holding than you get at the other mediaevals (Glasgow, St Andrews, Aberdeen).

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        • 155
          Marek Kohn says:

          Edinburgh looniversity? The place where Chris Brand was hounded out for being a follower of the London school rather than the rival?

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    Es says:

    “Man on the internet pretending to be a woman” Shocka!!!

    Yeah, welcome to the internet.

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      Jennifer ( 19) Bi Curious says:

      Hello big boy would you like to see my Cock errr I mean Lady garden !

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      Manon the Clapham Omnibus says:

      This reminds me that Jacqui Smith only found out about the internets existence when doing the programme for theBBC as the former Home secretary. You couldn’t make it up!

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  46. 126
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Surely the story of the day is

    Children who see their parents drunk are twice as likely to regularly get drunk themselves

    Well… thats your kids buggered then Guido. As a known p*ss artist. At least guido tries to shield his kids from his drink problem, by being plastered behind the wheel rather than at home ….LOL

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    • 128
      Balflower beater! says:

      So how do you sleep at night knowing the world has such awful things going on? knowing you could help make it a better and in the words of you beloved Eddies fairer !
      Yet you just sit there like a 8 year old who got caught playing with his little Eddie doll in a inappropriate way waving at the other kids through the school window and pulling faces !!

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  47. 138
    Disco Biscuit says:

    By rights, of course, she should have been pro Israeli, since Israel is the only country in the Middle East where she can practice her lady-loving with the full protection of the law.

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  48. 146
    An Ex St Andrews student. says:

    The University of St Andrews is vanishing up its own arse. :)

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      hava nagila says:

      It vanished up its own arse long ago. St Andrews = 5,000 alcoholic Americans and English Oxbridge rejects clinging to a cliff-face above the North Sea.

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  49. 147
    John reid says:

    didn’t the grauniad use this article to have a go at the Police influencing blogs, adn say on lesbians that Julie bindel feel men don’t have their lives ruined when flasely accused of rape, soemithing she knows nothing about

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    random says:

    Guido you ask what is going on:

    Before september 11 St Andrews was one of the few universities with a centre specialising in Terrorism. So since then it tried to specialise even more in the area, that is why its current Principal is a terrorism expert.
    The only thing is that clearly embassies have also figured out st andrews specialises in terrorism and therefore by extension the war on terror. That’s why middle eastern countries would all be trying to “fund” St Andrews. That is also why you have Ayatollahs and cabinet ministers trekking up to a small town on a cliff, when you would think they have better things to do.

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  51. 153
    Alan Rubbishbringer says:

    “especially The Guardian who, through their correspondant in Damascus, Katherine Marsh, a pseudonym, were covering every move by Gay Girl.”

    Is she even real?

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